Passing the Baton to the Next Generation


Business Articles
If you’ve decided that it’s time for your kids to take over the family business, there’s more to it than simply handing them the keys. You need to have a succession plan. We can’t give you a template, as there’s no single “right” way to do it. But you do need to have a plan.    More
 
Monday, June 15, 2015

Craig Reinders


Close-Up Profiles
There are a good number of second-generation companies in our business, and quite a few even third-generation, but how about five generations? Meet the Reinders family and Reinders, Inc., their family-owned, full-service distribution chain servicing ten states in the upper Midwest. Craig Reinders, president, can safely say that he’s not the only one within his family who shares a passion for the green industry.   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 DENNE GOLDSTEIN

It's easy to be green


Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
When Kermit the Frog crooned the tune “It’s not easy being green,” he wasn’t singing about environmental issues. We who are in the green industry, however, might want to rewrite that song, with appropriate lyrics about the challenge of exchanging some of our traditional practices for greener ones.   More
 
Thursday, February 19, 2015

Women in Landscaping


Women in Landscaping
Women have certainly come a long way in the business and professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once in awhile. Here are two.   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 MARY ELIZABETH WILLIAMS-VILLANO

Is Employee Cynicism Killing Your Culture?


Business Articles
In an age of cynicism and irony, Northwestern Mutual is a throwback to a more innocent time. The company is the antithesis of ‘cool.’ It has the kind of culture in which people embrace plain suits and sincere handshakes, take pride in wearing achievement ribbons, and kick off conferences with patriotic music.   More
 
Monday, June 16, 2014 Rich Karlgaard

Mowers


Landscape Maintenance
If you say, "Landscape Business" to most people, they’ll immediately picture a lawnmower, and somebody pushing or riding it. Mowing grass is the iconic service of the green industry, and the place where  a lot of contractors got their start.   More
 
Friday, March 14, 2014

Growing Your Business


Business Articles
Times have changed and advertising in the green industry has changed along with it. In the past, trying to get the biggest ad in the Yellow Pages or changing your name to AAA something was the way to go, so that you could get listed first in your category.   More
 
Monday, December 16, 2013 BRYAN CLAYTON

Irrigation: Get the Low-Down on Low-Volume


Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
When you’ve been a contractor long enough, it may seem like you’ve seen it all. However, sometimes just when you start to feel this way is when you find yourself presented with a truly challenging project.    More
 
Monday, April 2, 2007 REBECCA PETERSON

Avoid the Pitfalls, Reap the Rewards


Business Articles
When I asked five leaders of thriving landscaping firms about the biggest mistakes to avoid in the industry, their advice had nothing to do with horticultural know-how or design expertise, or even about landscaping at all. Instead, most of the mistakes they mentioned had to do with human relations.    More
 
Friday, June 1, 2007

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